Becoming a mother and giving birth caused me to trust work intuitive to my body. My work flows from my guts, memories of childbirth, memories of the organ formations inside of me, my internality. I am giving expression to forms I feel exist and must imagine—the knowledge of form that exists beyond the mind, that exists in the body: a bodily knowledge. I have been working on paper recently for its simple direct quality. Watercolor is immediate and unchangeable once a mark is made and allows me to interact in a meditative, intuitive, and definitive way. These materials also make it possible to work my kitchen table. I create primarily during my daughters naps and my work episodes are determined by her dream length. I also have recently started integrating her bright neon crayons into the pieces.
Julia (b.1986) works with watercolor, pencil, and oil to explore the quiet, unassuming, and hidden realms of the earth—in the soil, the microsphere, the imagined internality of a seed. She is inspired by artists from Cezanne and Andrew Wyeth to Hilma af Klint and Ruth Asawa. Early in her career Julia worked as a fine art collaborative printmaker and studio manager for master printer Susan Oehme at Oehme Graphics in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with artists such as John Walker, David Row, and Louise Fishman. Her technical training continued at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy and New York at the Mana Contemporary where she studied classical drawing and painting for three years. She holds a BA from Colorado College in studio art. Julia lives and works in the blue ridge mountains of Virginia with her husband and daughter on an old Christmas tree farm in a cabin they built in the woods.